What decisions did Thomas Paine have to make in writing Common Sense?

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On January 9th, 1776, Thomas Paine published a pamphlet called Common Sense in which he argued for the American colonies' immediate need of independence from British rule. Prior to his pamphlet, British colonists in America had seen themselves as mistreated Britons. However, Paine's main argument was that the new world had been created as an "asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty"--the persecuted having been persecuted by both Europe and England; therefore, the colonists should view themselves as liberated from and independent of their oppressors, not as still part of the oppressing country ("This Day in History: Thomas Paine Publishes Common Sense").

Pain made many decisions to argue his four main points. One decision Paine made and presented in his arguments in Common Sense is that England's constitution allows for two tyrannical rulers, the monarch and the aristocracy. Paine argues instead that the best form of government is one in which laws and rulers are elected by the people ("Common Sense (pamphlet)").

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